There are so many ways to make walls look attractive; the walls in our home offer so many design possibilities, but it can be hard to know where to start. So we’ve created a room-by-room, technique-by-technique guide to help you narrow down your options, so you can discover the latest wall decor ideas and interior design trends for those blank spaces.
No matter your decorating style, we’ve got the tricks that can bring your walls to life and bring out your true personality. Keep reading to discover the best ways to make your walls attractive that are sure to add character, interest and intrigue to your home – we look way beyond wallpaper ideas and wallpaper ideas. paint.
How can I make my walls attractive?
Looking for beautiful and inspiring ways to make your walls attractive? Those empty walls are full of endless possibilities – and a few stylish wall decorations can make a house feel like a home. From accent wall ideas to whole-room solutions, we’ve got you covered with our favorite ways to dress up a black wall.
1. Make your wall versatile
Attractive walls should be exactly that – attractive but also useful and practical additions to the home.
Commissioning custom joinery can be transformative; to justify the investment, be sure to create a design that works hard. This floor-to-ceiling cabinet for a breakfast bar room includes a banquette seat and plenty of storage in one proposal. The joinery was designed by Teco Bespoke for interior design firm Barlow & Barlow (opens in a new tab). It was made with extra tall glass doors to give it a more contemporary and refined look.
Key to the success is Aboriginal artist Bob Gibson’s colorful artwork, purchased from specialist dealer Jennifer Guerrini-Maraldi. “I’m a big fan of a banquette seat, especially if you can add storage ideas and artwork to make it stand out,” says creative director Lucy Barlow.
2. Combine wallpaper and paneling
We are all well aware of the transformative power of color and pattern, and wallpaper is sure to maintain the softness of a space. In a smaller room, a clever solution may be a combination of wallpaper and paneling; this is visually interesting and also ensures that the room is not overpowered by a noisy impression. If your desk is in the corner of a larger space, paper can be used to define the work area.
In terms of room color, choose soothing hues to ground the scheme and encourage thoughtfulness. The blues bordering the gray are successful: color theories suggest that these tones increase the ability to concentrate. Dark green (like Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green, used here) is another contender, as it’s meant to boost creativity.
3. Hang a dramatic mural
Wall decor ideas are the design element you need for your walls – bold and beautiful, it’s time to bring them into our home.
“‘Through’ spaces like a stairwell offer great opportunities to do something strong,” says Jemma Cave, design director of de Gournay. “Since you don’t have to be with her all day, you can do something more fun in that kind of space.” A scenic mural can not only transport you to another space (both figuratively and literally!), but by choosing a nature-inspired design, the lines between indoors and outdoors can become blurred, especially if the exterior as seen through the windows echoes the scene. on the walls. This will have a restful, restorative, comforting effect.
4. Create interest with a gallery wall at the entrance
One way to maximize the feeling of space in an entryway is to replace solid doors in adjoining rooms with glazed or partially glazed alternatives – a tried and true method of allowing light to move between rooms. But there’s another benefit to going this route: making a feature of any pictures or paintings (or sculptures) that are placed in the entrance. This example makes the most of glazing creating a focal point of art in the lobby with the quartet of modern abstract paintings by Jenna Burlingham Fine Art (opens in a new tab) which can be enjoyed whether the dining room doors are open or closed.
5. Dress the walls with mirrors
There are many stylish and practical ways to make the most of the reflective surface when decorating with mirrors.
“As well as making walls look attractive, mirrors can enhance the illusion of height, depth, and width in a room,” says Laura Marino, Creative Director of Studio L. (opens in a new tab), London. Not only will a mirror make a room appear larger, it will also reflect natural light to make it look much brighter.
Here, a simple sheet of mirror, hung wall-to-wall above a vanity, is another handy way to see your face as you get ready for the day, and a budget-friendly one too. Enhance the design by installing basin mixers or wall sconces on the mirror surface. “I love the look of the lamps mounted on a mirror as it creates a lovely glow in the reflection at night,” says Henriette von Stockhausen of VSP Interiors (opens in a new tab). “I always make sure the lights are on dimmers so you can adjust them to whatever mood you like, for example, to create a soft glow while you take a relaxing bath.”
You can also invest in aged mirrors for visual interest. “Using an aged mirror softens what can sometimes be a clinical feeling in bathrooms,” advises Dominic Schuster, director of Dominic Schuster (opens in a new tab) workshop specializing in aged and gilded mirrors. A large wall panel adds a decorative element and Dominic recommends controlling the distressed effect only around the perimeter.
6. Use paint effects to bring a unique embellishment
Creative paint effects can bring a unique beauty to blank walls – and the more inventive, the better.
“Painting a curve is soothing and satisfying to do and even more so to watch,” says Dulux (opens in a new tab) creative director Marianne Shillingford. Any color combination would work, but these complementary shades of gray – Heritage Light French Gray and Heritage Country Sky by Dulux – are particularly serene. It’s not difficult; As with any good paint, preparation is key.
Marianne suggests: “To create the curve, you can either use chalk attached to the end of a string or chalk along flexible plastic electrical conduit. Once the ground color is dry, thin the paint slightly to help achieve a clean edge and use a good quality two inch acrylic decorator brush to fill in the shape.
If you’re looking to experiment with painting tips and painting ideas to make walls look attractive, the choice of color is as important as the finished effect.
7. Decorate above kitchen cabinets
Decorating above kitchen cabinets is a wonderful way to fill the space with an attractive feature, rather than just letting it gather dust.
Bring some interest and intrigue to your kitchen by exploring kitchen art ideas and decorating with art above cabinets and on shelves. There are so many beautiful ways to decorate kitchen shelves that will inject modernity, textual interest and decorative style into your kitchen.
Here, interior designer Jessica Summer (opens in a new tab) features artwork in earthy tones. Although the kitchen is not often at the top of the room list when decorating with art in the home, choosing artistic designs for this space can be a fun and creative way to transform the look of the room.
8. Introduce decorative wallpaper
Bathrooms aren’t just utilitarian anymore – designers are embracing decorative wall details to add interest. “Ceilings are a great way to add another layer of interest and make a space cozier. Too often they are an afterthought, but we make sure to consider their potential,” says interior designer Nicola Harding.
The wall and ceiling here feature Schumacher’s Indian Tree fabric, inspired by the designs of traditional palampore bedspreads and based on a 1920s document in his archive. Using fabric in this way transforms a space into a dream retreat steeped in history.